Magdeline Aagard

Academic Coordinator
College of Management and Human Potential
Ph.D. Health Services

Dr. Aagard has been in higher education since 2002 and joined Walden in November, 2013 as contributing faculty. She became core faculty in 2015, and in 2019 she was promoted to senior core faculty, then Academic Coordinator for Residencies. She mentors dissertation students as a Chair and had the good fortune to work with a student who won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her study on "A Qualitative Analysis of Migrant Women Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Maternal Care Management."

Dr. Aagard's undergraduate degrees are in nursing and public health nursing. Her graduate degrees are in business, focusing on healthcare administration and her doctorate is in educational leadership. Dr. Aagard's dissertation was focused on the successful implementation of Western healthcare programs in indigenous cultures in Tanzania.

Dr. Aagard's experience and expertise focus on transcultural care, community based primary care, nursing leadership and compassion in nursing, and homelessness. She developed a community assessment module for a global health program in Amsterdam with colleagues at the Hogeschool von Amsterdam, where she was a visiting lecturer for 8 years. She has also taught in Liberia, and coordinated graduate nursing student experiences in Namibia, Bolivia, and on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD. Dr. Aagard has presented nationally and internationally and published from her research on an international collaborative study on the enactment of compassion by nursing and midwifery leaders, barriers to adult access to cancer care in the Northern Zone of Tanzania, and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Aagard is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and has served as a grant reviewer and as the local chapter President. She is a member of APHA's international health interest group. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the International Council of Nurses journal and ORCID journal reviewers.

Courses Taught

HLTH 8551 - Preparing for the Dissertation

PUBH 9000 - Dissertation


EdD, University of St. Thomas

Master's in Business, University of St. Thomas

BA, Augustana College

Public Service

Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Board of Directors - MINNEAPOLIS

Minneapolis Uptown Rotary, Member - MINNEAPOLIS

Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania, Volunteer -

Awards / Honors

Bernard L. Turner Award, Walden University, 2015

Lilly Faculty Development Grant, Augsburg College, 2009


Aagard, M. C., Muhirwe, L. (2023). Completion of four or more anc visits among women of reproductive age in a rural district in Uganda: a quantitative study on the role of service-level factors. BMC Health Services Research

Aagard, M. C., Dobrzycka, A., Zheleva, B., Rajasekhar, V., Menon, S., Gopakumar, V. (2023). Understanding the impact of clinical and leadership development activities for pediatric cardiac nurses in India. Annals of Pediatric Cardiology

Aagard, M., Irena, P., A, Z., Christina, K., Sheila, A. (2016). International study of nurses’ views and experiences of compassion. International Nursing Review

Aagard, M., Papadopolous, I., G, T., Sheila, A. (2015). Exploring Nurses’ Meaning and Experiences of Compassion: An International Online Survey Involving 15 Countries. Journal of Transcultural Nursing

Aagard, M. C., Irena, P., Jessica, B. (2018). Exploring compassion in nursing: US qualitative research results from the international research study. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

Mshana, H. Y., Cullen, C., Aagard, M. C. Community Private-Pubic Partnership Synergy. Journal of Social Change

Aagard, M., Valerie, H., Nathan, R., Ronald, R. (2016). Adopting Innovative Cardiovascular Models to Succeed Under Value Based Care. Physician Leadership Journal

Aagard, M. (2009). Cardiac Care Teams: A Collaborative Practice Model with Non-Physician Providers. AAMA Executive Online

Aagard, M. C. (2009). A Brighter Future. Advance for Long-Term Care Management

Aagard, M. (2009). Nursing Bricolage in Twenty-first Century Tanzania: How Two Healthcare Programs Incorporated Tribal Culture, Western Medicine and Evangelism.


Aagard, M. C. (2021). Findings of the CHL Nursing Leadership Development Activities: PCSI Pediatric Cardiac Track. Pediatric Cardiac Society of India

Aagard, M. C. (2015). Transforming the Health Care Workforce in Liberia through Innovative Nursing Education, Leadership and Exemplars from the Ebola Epidemic. Sigma Theta Tau International

Aagard, M. (2017). Exploring compassion in nursing: US qualitative research results from the international research study. International Council of Nurses

Aagard, M. (2017). Assuring Access to Cancer Care in Tanzania: Developing the Cancer Care Center in the Kilimanjaro Region. International Council of Nurses

Aagard, M. C. (2016). Empowering the Maasai in Northern Tanzania to Improve their Health. Walden University